Prepositional phrase vs. Indirect Object
In the sentence "I will return this to the store" is "to the store" acting as an indirect object or a prepositional phrase? If a prepositional phrase, how is it different from "I will return this to Tom" (clearly an indirect object)?
What I am really wondering about is WHY it is different from "to Tom." Is animacy a necessity for an I.O.? I learned the rule as an I.O. answered the question "to or for someone or Something." Is this no longer true? Thanks.
Both 'to the store' and 'to Tom' are prepositional phrases, not indirect objects. Indirect objects will almost always precede the direct object.
The indirect object doesn't have to be a person.
I gave the ball a kick.
'Ball' is the I.O.
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